Juste Momente In Sangster Upset

The Danny O'Brien stable is no stranger to success in feature races in Adelaide but today's Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) win by Juste Momente was a pleasant surprise.

Most trainers were happy to run a place in the race, believing Miss Andretti, a $1.40 favourite, would return to winning form under the set weights conditions.

But the top mare, who hit the front early in the straight, was swallowed up by the fast finishers, missing the placings altogether and running a below par fourth.

Juste Momente, a $21.00 chance, was patiently ridden from the outside gate by Steven Arnold, who produced her late to hit the line hard down the centre of the track.

Just to her inside was the Byron Cozamanis-trained Zipanese, beaten only a neck, while Serious Speed also charged home into third a long head away in an eye-catching return.

Miss Andretti, who was expected to give trainer Lee Freedman his fourth straight Sangster Stakes, stayed to the inside and after doing the chasing behind Bel Mer throughout the race tired in the straight and could finish only fourth, beaten almost two lengths.

For connections of Juste Momente it was a windfall, as the mare recorded a Group 1 success.

“We pretty much felt Miss Andretti was nigh on unbeatable on her best form and were hoping to pick up a Group 1 placing,” O'Brien's racing manager Aaron Corby said.

“It was Steve Arnold at his best, biding his time and coming with a well-timed run.

“This is a great result for both Antony Thompson of Widden Stud and one of our longest clients Pete Murray, who was involved in Danny's first Group 1 winner Porto Roca.

“This mare was tested over longer journeys as a three-year-old but her form has been good since we've decided to keep her in sprint races.

“She is very well bred being a daughter of Giant's Causeway from Skating and the Group 1 win will add immeasurably to her broodmare value.

“I guess now we'll have to look at more good races in Sydney.”

by Jason Hickson - RacingandSports.com.au

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